Jacob Runs Away to Laban’s House

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Disappointment

When Esau came home and found out the blessing he expected had been given to Jacob he was furious. Jacob had twice deceived Esau, by taking his birthright (25:27-34) and now by taking his blessing. It meant that Esau’s descendants (the Edomites) would occupy a land less fertile than Jacob’s (the land of Canaan) for years to come. Esau had an unsaved man’s view of eternal values:

1. His remorse (vv. 34-35). - He was simply brokenhearted because he had been disappointed in his carnal expectations. Remorse alone cannot win spiritual blessing. It also takes repentance and Esau showed no trace of repentance.

2. His resentment (vv. 36-37). - We can understand Esau’s resentment, but he had sold his birthright of his own free will. Jacob had persuaded but not compelled him.

3. His request (vv. 38-40). - “And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also my father.

4. His resolve (v. 41). -  He now hated his brother Jacob and said “I will slay my brother Jacob” He thought perhaps he could win with murder what he could not buy with meat.

When Rebekah heard this she worked out a plan to deliver her favorite son over to her brother Laban  in Haran (vv. 42-45). Instead of telling Isaac the truth she told him Jacob needed to go to her homeland to get a wife and thus Jacob could flee with his blessing (v. 46). Rebekah suffers in the consequences as she is forced to send her favorite son away. As a result, the curse really falls on her. Despite her hopes that the separation will be brief, the “few days” turns into twenty years.

Application

Although decisions I make today can bring years of grief and heartache to me, the Lord can still cause them to bring glory to His name (Rom. 8:28). I need to be praying for strength and asking God to help me see the opportunities that even bad situations can provide.

Genesis 27:34-46 (English Standard Version)

As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me, even me also, O my father!" But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing." Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing." Then he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?" Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?" Esau said to his father, "Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father." And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: "Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you grow restless you shall break his yoke from your neck." Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob." But the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son and said to him, "Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself about you by planning to kill you. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Laban my brother in Haran and stay with him a while, until your brother's fury turns away-- until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereft of you both in one day?" Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I loathe my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women like these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?"

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